Slumdwellers pelt stones at BMC staffers, policemen
The Parksite police arrested 20 persons from Vikhroli (West) on Wednesday for pelting stones and attacking policemen and civic officials who were to demolish five hutments.
One of the constables, Subhash Panigrahi, 47, sustained injuries to his head and was taken to Rajawadi Hospital.
“The civic officials had permission from the court to demolish five hutments at the Pankesha Dargah slums as part of the Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) redevelopment scheme. Officers from the Parksite police station had accompanied them for protection,” said S Shintre, deputy commissioner of police, zone 7.
The incident took place around 12.30pm, when the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) officials, armed with legal paperwork, approached them for protection during the demolition work. “Everyone, apart from the owners of five hutments, was opposed to the SRA scheme. When our officers reached the spot, the residents started pelting stones at them,” said Shintre.